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Lansing schools will start late on Wednesdays starting this fall

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Lansing schoolchildren can sleep in on Wednesdays starting this fall.

Classes will start two hours later than the rest of the week. The one-day-a-week late start will give teachers time for training, eliminating the need for sporadic half days and full days used for that purpose now. 

Yvonne Caamal Canul is the district’s superintendent. She says the late start Wednesday may be good for the district’s secondary students.

“You know, the research is pretty clear that adolescents need a little bit more sleep. And they need to wake up a little bit later in the morning,” says Caamal Canul.

Caamal Canul says parents can use the time to schedule medical and other appointments for students. 

The district will provide programs at Lansing community centers for students whose parents need to drop them off at the usual time.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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